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My Day...

Today I went to see Mayor Hazel MacCallion speak at a luncheon. The luncheon series is called Women of Courage and all proceeds go to help support a women's shelter in Mississauga. It was such a great lunch! Hazel is a very incredible and inspiring woman. She's been the mayor of Mississauga for 25 years and that's the longest any woman has been mayor in all of Canada. As I was sitting there I realized... she's been mayor as long as I've been alive! I thought that was really incredible! There were a few things that she said that I really liked...

First... she told a story of how her brother got her a pair of skates, her first pair and took her skating. She got on the ice and fell down and bumped her head. Her brother said "next time you'll hold your head up". Something that we should all remember to do.

Second... if you don't love your job, find something you will love. This is something that has been somewhat of a struggle for me. I don't love my job and in fact most days I wish I didn't have to go to work. The problem is that I don't know what I'd rather be doing. I've tried to figure it out, but I'm just not sure. I wish I could figure it out because right now I feel somewhat stagnant. I have no direction. The things that I enjoy doing are not things that I could see myself doing as a career (ie - painting, music, reading) So I settle for jobs that make frustrated and unhappy but pay fairly well. I think I'd like to do some kind of humanitarian work or maybe teach, but I have a long way to go (like finishing University) before I'd be able to pursue something like teaching. So I feel stuck. Stuck in a job I don't particularly like because I don't know what else to look for.

Thirdly...She said that you should always give your best. If you give your best you'll always get the best in return. This is something that already rings true to me, but it was neat hearing someone of another generation saying it too.

Lastly... Faith. We have to have faith. She is Anglican herself, but she said that it doesn't matter what faith you have, as long as you have faith and believe in something greater than yourself. I thought it was just great to hear someone as influential as her saying that. There are just too many people these days who are trying to push their way as the only way. It was nice to hear such tolerance for a change.

Anyway, it was a really great experience and I'm glad I was able to go. Makes me want to find my way of making a difference.

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Thanks for sharing that. Interesting lady indeed. And I love that she is accepting and open minded. WOnderful, no wonder she is so beloved! :D